Neuromancer by William Gibson

Staff Pick

One of the first and still the very best of the cyberpunk sci-fi novels, Neuromancer is an intelligent and inventive story of greed and corruption in a noir-ish world of big data, pervasive surveillance, virtual experience, and artificial intelligence.  Writing nearly 40 years ago, William Gibson not only anticipated the world in which we live but influenced it culturally and aesthetically.  The book has the first depiction in fiction of cyberspace--a word Gibson coined--and what that word now evokes is what he described. Most importantly, Neuromancer is a gripping, fast-paced story, a great read, and a genuine page-turner: a terrific, seminal work of science fiction.

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$19.00
ISBN: 9780441007462
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Published: Ace - July 1st, 2000

Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean

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A memoir, an investigation, and a meditation on storytelling, art, chance, and death--this is a book that defies categorization. On a hot afternoon in 1949 15 elite U.S. Forest Service Smokejumpers parachuted into Mann Gulch in Montana's Helena National Forest to fight what they believed to be a manageable fire. Within two hours, 12 of them (along with another firefighter) were dead or fatally burnt. Maclean saw the immediate aftermath and was so haunted by the experience that he returned 28 years later to write about it, telling the story if only to explain to himself how it happened. Young Men and Fire is an elegy for those firefighters and others who die young and unexpectedly, a simple, limpid, and beautifully written tragedy, a quiet classic of American letters.

 

 

 

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By Norman Maclean, Timothy Egan (Foreword by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780226450353
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Published: University of Chicago Press - May 1st, 2017

The Iliad by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson

Staff Pick

This is the great epic of soldiers and soldiering--a 3,000-year-old story that could have come from today’s headlines.  Emily Wilson's new translation is as musical and clear as her superb rendering of The Odyssey and is a genuine pleasure to read, bringing to vivid life bravery, loyalty, nobility, love, fear, pettiness, vainglory, folly, shocking violence, and, above all, grief and loss.  That we know Achilles will die and the men, women, and children of Troy will be killed or enslaved in the poem's aftermath makes the struggles of the Greeks and Trojans one of the great examinations of the human condition: a story of real nobility and deep pathos that stays in the head and heart.  In Wilson’s lovely blank verse, it is also, like the original, a tremendous work of art.

 

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By Homer, Emily Wilson (Translated by)
$39.95
ISBN: 9781324001805
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 26th, 2023

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